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July 16, 2001

Next Monthly Meeting - July 25th
The next regular meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 25, 2001 from 12-1pm at the Elliott Bay Bookstore Café conference room. If you have any agenda items or issues that need to be addressed at the meeting, please send them to Wyatt Wood.

Monthly meetings are generally held on the third Wednesday of each month. However, this month the meeting date has been changed to accommodate a retirement event for Tim Clark (WTD-Construction) scheduled for 7/18 at the KSC-5 A/B.

Contract Negotiation
A prebargaining meeting to be held on June 28, 2001. The following TEA representatives attended:
  • Jim Cline, TEA Attorney
  • Wyatt Wood, President
  • Dave Crippen, 2nd VP and Chair of the Bargaining Committee.
Representatives from King County included:
  • Bob Railton, OHRM
  • Judy Riley, Transit
  • Beth Dolliver Transit
  • Maureen Welch, WTD
  • Ann Emerson, WTD HR
  • Mark Isaacson, WTD Productivity Initiative Coordinator
The group outlined the contract negotiation process and schedule. The first negotiation session has been scheduled for August 9th from 1:30-4:30. Then, starting on September 13th, contract negotiation teams will meet Thursday mornings from 9-12pm. Prior to negotiations, the bargaining teams will attend a two-day training session on Interest Based Bargaining (IBB).

Special TEA Meetings
Based on the need to take action on various business issues, TEA will conduct special meetings on Tuesdays from 12-1pm at the Elliott Bay Bookstore Café Conference Room. These meetings are open to all TEA members.

June Meeting - Success
The last regular meeting was held on Wednesday, June 20, 2001 from 12-1pm in the North Auditorium of the Jackson Federal Building. The most significant event was the process to elect a new Second Vice President. Three highly qualified candidates were nominated. Each candidate provided a verbal overview of their qualifications. A vote was then conducted by the 39 members present. Dave Crippen, with Transit Design and Construction, received the most votes. As a result, Dave becomes the new Second VP and Chair of the Bargaining Committee. Congratulations to Dave and please support his efforts during the upcoming contract bargaining process.

Voluntary Dues Authorization Cards
TEA will need financial resources during the contract bargaining process. Since TEA's recognition by King County in April, the County has allowed the use of payroll deduction for union dues. Voluntary dues authorization cards have been distributed. Over 100 TEA members are now contributing via payroll deductions. Contact your TEA work group representative or any Board member for a dues authorization card or additional information.